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“KB Guitar Project Paris, France “Twelve Ways to Warm Up Your Days” Here’s a seven-minute collection of melodic shredding, fabulous technique, good tones, wacky samples, strange bloops and bleeps, and tons of fun. Some players get oh-so-serious about their talents, and it kind of mutes the enjoyment factor of their tracks, but KB isn’t afraid to blend killer chops and good humor.”

“Ce fou de guitare s'est lancé dans un style ultra confidentiel et élitiste en même temps: l'instrumental. L'homme aime aussi s'entourer d'un univers visuel mélangeant le cartoon, la dérision et le fun sans lequel il ne pourrait exprimer ses émotions musicales, l'un et l'autre sont indissociables dans sa quête artistique. Seuls quelques samples viennent apporter une touche moderne dans un genre peuplé par des dieux de la six cordes. Pour cet album il s'est entouré de beau monde puisque Renaud Hantson,Stéphane Barbier & Xavier Paladian ont joint le projet. Les douze compositions dessinant les contours de « Twelve ways to WARm upyour days » font évidemment la part belle aux effets de manche, mais parcimonieusement dissimulées pour évaporer toute complaisance démonstrative et lassante. KB place des lignes mélodiques soignées et percutantes, cependant de facture assez traditionnelle et répondant sans réelle originalité mais en parfaite osmose avec les exigences des in”

“Découvert récemment en première partie de FURIOUS ZOO, KB est un guitariste Français qui évolue dans un registre instrumental, sorte de rencontre entre Ron THAL et Steve VAI. Véritable touche à tout, démonstrateur pour les guitares ESP, infographiste, réalisateur (le clip "Concrete Lie" de WATCHA, c'est lui) et multi instrumentiste, il se charge ici non seulement de la guitare mais également de la basse, des claviers et de la programmation des batteries. A travers ce Twelve Ways To WARm Up Your Days, KB nous présente donc un album instrumental, à l'exception de "Breathing" qui voit la présence de Renaud HANTSON (SATAN JOKERS, FURIOUS ZOO) au chant. Technique, KB nous démontre une maitrise impressionnante de son instrument, avec des compos variées, on passe du pêchu "Sunny Day" au quelque peu électro "Rosco's New Boots" avec ses scratches, pour continuer avec les plus mélodiques "Secret Yard" ou "Breathing", sans oublier "Mosquito's Buzz" carrément électro. A noter ”

“KB Desde París nos llega el primer trabajo en formato CD de este músico (Karl Bourdin) iconoclasta y heterodoxo. Tiene un universo particular donde conjuga continuamente música e imagen. Desde los dibujos animados como primera influencia, al rock, la música instrumental de guitarra de los noventa o el mundo manouche de Django o Rosenberg…KB va creando su propio estilo al mezclar con esas influencias la música electrónica. “Twelve ways to WARm up your days” mezcla fusiona bases rítmicas poderosas, riffs contundentes, con melodías creadas con las técnicas modernas de guitarra, sweep picking, legattos, etc. Para valorar el trabajo lo mejor pasarse por su myspace”

Review on CUTAWAY Guitar Mag n°11 June - July 2009 (Spain) !!!

“Argh! I waiting for such band for a while, he-he! I mean I like a lot such music but there's lack of such. Well, KB was anonymous name for me, I didn't heard about this project before, and now I'm pretty glad that this CD comes to my hands! KB plays not death, black, thrash, doom metal… no! But this is greatest instrumental progressive rock in the way of… of course J. Satriani!!! Yeah, music is made in the way of afore mentioned guitar beast, and to be honest, made in awesome way, with using of great OWN ideas. Musician of KB plays pretty well on its guitar, he are able to do many catching and even just interesting tunes by his guitar! I listened to this CD lots of times already, and I like it more and more with each single listening! I think here are tons fans of such kind of music, where guitar man won't play something common but want to show how good he's able to handle its guitar, he-he. All in all here's standard progressive rock (instrumental, or guitar rock how some ones nam”

“KB - Twelve Ways To Warm Up Your Days (2009) (Brennus Music) Twelve Ways To Warm Up Your Days do guitarrista francês KB, é um album muito bom, apresenta um trabalho instrumental competente e muito bem elaborado, além é claro de ser uma aula de técnica na guitarra. A faixa “Sunny Day” que abre o album é apenas um dos exemplos encontrados em “Twelve Ways To Warm Up Your Days” e que deixarão muitos de boca aberta com o talento e técnica de KB. Ele também conseguiu misturar elementos eletrônicos com suas músicas, com muita perfeição. Para aqueles que procuram um trabalho virtuoso e competente, esse é um bom album para se ouvir. Vale a pena conferir!”

“KB - Twelve Ways To Warm Up Your Days (2009) (Brennus Music) Twelve Ways To Warm Up Your Days, by the french guitar player KB, is a very good album, shows a competent and well elaborated instrumental, besides, off course, it's a class of guitar. The track “Sunny Day” the first one, is just one of the examples that we find in “Twelve Ways To Warm Up Your Days” and it'll let many guys surprised with KB's talent and technique. He also could mix electronic stuff with his songs, perfectly. For those who look for a virtuous and competent stuff, this is a good choice. Check it out!”

“KB Twelve Ways To WARm Up Your Days (Independent) This CD displays the extensive experience and imagination of this French-born guitarist who began his career at fourteen and was exposed to a broad spectrum of diverse influences from then on. AC/DC, Sex Pistols, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth and Meshuggah comprise a handful of artists who left a lasting impression on him. Inspiration for his work comes from other unlikely sources such as actor Peter Sellers and the soundtracks to the old cartoons by Hannah-Barbera/Warner Brothers. Shades of all these influences can be heard on Twelve Ways To WARm Up Your Days, the latest of his series of full length releases. As KB himself describes it, the music he composes is part of a larger picture involving visual images to complement the audial. If you appreciate classically trained power/thrash metal and can grasp the fullness of what KB seeks to accomplish here, this CD would be a decent start.”

Dave Wolff - Review on AUTOEROTICASPHYXIUM ZINE!

“Hi KB, how did you get interested in music and who were some guitarists and bands that influenced your playing? I always listened to music since my more young age, thanks to my parents in particular, but oddly I never thought of playing of an instrument. It is completely by accident that one day at friend’s house which had a guitar, I learned my first chords, and since the guitar never left me. I was fan of rock and blues at this time. I listened to AC/DC, Van Halen, Satriani, Vai and Malmsteen. Then I known in the Nineties, all the guitarists signed by Mike Varney from Shrapnell Record : Vinnie Moore, Macalpine, Gilbert, Becker, Friedman, Howe, Firkins, Tafolla…, then I tardily discovered Hendrix, Vaughan, Jon Roth, Reinhardt... Today I like the musical approach of the bands like Korn, Meshuggah, Bucket Head or Ron Thal. Tell me something about your debut and latest cd called “Twelve Ways To Warms Up Your Days” In fact, the composition of this album goes up with 10 years ag”

Matt Cafissi - KB interview from GuitarChef

“Dalla Francia con furore! Ecco arrivare KB, virtuoso a tutti gli effetti e con un cd alquanto estravagante. Tredici tracce veramente interessanti e piene zeppe di chitarra. Già dalle prime note di Sunny Day e di As Far ... si denota un certo stile e voglia di divertirsi e di ri-organizzare un pò il mondo degli album strumentali di chitarra. Di certo non macano le sperimentazioni e contaminazioni con in Rosco's New Boots sorretta da un bel riff incalzante. I chitarristi europei si discostano di molto da quelli americani proprio attraverso queste contaminazioni. Mensiono anche altre tracce interessanti come Electronics For Dog e Engine Room che sembra essere uscita fuori da un album dei Marylin Manson-Korn(!). La tecnica di KB è senza dubbio fuori discussione e anche la buona produzione di questo disco fa si che il prodotto rende piacevole l'ascolto. Naturalmente i riffoni metal non mancano come ad esempio in Move On e c'è posto anche per Renaud Hantson che canta il bellissimo brano ”

Matt Cafissi - CD review from GuitarChef (In Italian)!

“Pour ce multi-instrumentiste qui flirte avec une quarantaine approchante, la musique a réellement commencé à l’adolescence, comme chez pas mal de jeunes gens de sa génération soit dit en passant … Quelques cours de guitare et des participations à divers groupes éphémères finiront de lui donner la foi et c’est en devenant démonstrateur pour les guitares ESP puis en participant à l’enregistrement du premier album de Symbyosis que KB se fera les dents. Devenu infographiste, l’artiste n’en oubliera pour autant ni la musique ni ses amis et c’est en réalisant entre autres un clip pour Watcha qu’il restera solidement installé dans le milieu, le retrouvant en 2008 pour mettre en boite un album pour lequel il invite Stéphane Barbier, DJ Shalom et Xavier Paladian à poser quelques notes et même Renaud Hantson à chanter sur un titre. Mélange de rock, de hard rock et d’electro, « Twelve Days To Warm Up Your Days » va en mettre plus d’un sur le cul … KB est”

Fred Delforge - CD review from Zicazic.com

“Imaginez-vous un génie où serait réuni Joe Satriani, Steve Vaï, un fou furieux « Watchalien » et un virtuose de puissance et de sensibilité. Cet album est un régal du début à la fin, j’avais fortement apprécié celui du canadien Pierre-Marie Reverdy dans le style, mais là j’ai encore plus accroché sur les bases musicales très puissantes dans l’esprit watcha sur « Sunny Day », « Electronics for dog » ou « Move on », du punish yourself sur « Mosquito’s buzz », de l’incubus en grande forme sur « Breathing » ou encore du Éric Serra après injection de John lee Hooker dans les veines pour le titre « West Wham ». Et ça c’est que pour la base sonore sur laquelle est greffé le génie de KB, allant de solos, en tapping, du whammy, des guitares à 10 cordes et plus, faisant chanter les notes. Toutes ses influences diverses peuvent vous paraître surprenantes mais ça explique la richesse de l’album tout en étant d’une cohérence absolue, une défer”

Unam - CD Review from French-Metal.com